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Recap / Adventure Time S 3 E 2 Morituri Te Salutamus

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Finn and Jake must fight gladiator ghosts in order to gain their freedom from the Fight King.


  • BFS: The Fight King wields a massive golden sword.
  • Blood Knight: Fight King obviously, but Finn gets way too much into fighting gladiators. Subverted as it turns out he's faking it.
  • Bury Your Gays: Andy Ristaino, their character designer, has confirmed the innuendo that all the Ghost Gladiators were gay couples who were forced by the Fight King to kill each other.
  • The Cameo: One of the female Ghost Gladiators is voiced by Grey DeLisle.
  • Comically Missing the Point: Finn and Jake notice all the same-sex partners are holding hands, but think they're just really close friends.
  • Covered with Scars: The Fight King is covered with scars and missing bits.
  • Fate Worse than Death: It's heavily implied that the Fight King has imprisoned the fighter's spirits to fight in combat forever.
  • Fighting Your Friend: The Fight King's key objective seems to be forcing best friends (or a bit more...) to fight to the death.
  • Gratuitous Latin: "Morituri Te Salutamus" ("We who are about to die salute you"). There are many other Latin phrases like "Et tu?" ("And you?") and "Eludere!" ("Parry!")
  • Hoist by His Own Petard: The Fight King is killed by Finn breaking his BFS
  • "I Know You're in There Somewhere" Fight: Jake tries to snap Finn out of his bloodlust before he winds up killing him while trying to restrain him with his body.
  • Load-Bearing Boss: The Fight King's amphitheatre instantly crumbles away when he dies.
  • Meaningful Name: The Fight King wants others to fight for his amusement.
  • Noodle Incident: However Finn and Jake ended up rescuing some cute little hedgehog/coconut creatures from a giant hamburger monster.
  • Our Ghosts Are Different: Some have more than one head and are prisoners of an eternal contest.
  • Our Liches Are Different: The Fight King appears to be some kind of lich (but not the Lich) with his giant sword as his Soul Jar.
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  • Sanity Slippage: Finn goes more bloodthirsty as the fight goes on.
  • Shout-Out: Many of the gladiator names:
    • Romulus and Remus, to the legendary founders of Rome.
    • Amazonia, Achillea, Priscus, Verus, Flamma, and Rutuba are all the names of real life Roman gladiators from various historical sources.
    • Tetraides is a gladiator character from The Last Days of Pompeii, by Edward Bulwer-Lytton.
    • Priscus's "Et tu, Verus", is of course a reference to the dying words of Julius Caesar in Shakespeare's play.
  • Soul Jar: The Fight King's sword is this for the Fight King himself.
  • Unspoken Plan Guarantee: Finn invokes this against the Fight King not even letting Jake know about his plan to trick the Fight King into giving him his sword.
  • Win to Exit: Seemingly how the Fight King's colosseum works.

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